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Come for the Water, but Soak Up the History

The slogan for Mineral Wells is “Where Texas Runs Deep.” Located a bit west of Fort Worth, it’s been on the bucket list of many a traveler for over a hundred years. The town is so named for the mineral waters that contain healing powers. A must stop on your trip is to sample the water at the town’s famous water company. Or, if you truly want a head to toe experience, take a luxurious soak in the mineral rich water at the bath house. Those are just a sampling of the delights awaiting you when you choose to partake of Mineral Wells Tourism.

What Else Is There to Do?

Mineral Wells may be known for its water, but it also has a rich, vibrant history, in addition to offering stunning views and a wide range of outdoor activities. The lake offers a scenic backdrop for swimming, boating, paddle boarding, and fishing, in addition to lazy afternoon picnics or roasting marshmallows around an evening camp fire. You can soak in the history of the town at the various museums, parks, and businesses that are part of the city’s rich boom and bust and boom again history. The most notable part of the city is the huge and beautiful Baker Hotel in the town’s center, which has been proclaimed an International Resort Destination for 75 years and is now on the Register of Historic Places. Closed now for renovation, the hotel was at its heyday during the roaring Twenties, when it was the major employer for the town’s residents, and had nightly entertainment from some of the biggest names in the business. Resort travel was at its peak and the Baker was booming. When resort travel went out of fashion, the Baker shuttered its doors. You can take a walking tour around this huge structure and read about its storied past. If you want a more family-friendly outing, tour the Fossil Park, where you and your children can find fossils of ancient sea species from 300 million years ago. Visitors take these unique souvenirs home with them. And, if you get hungry, there are always Texas barbecue restaurants to entice you, and bakeries offering up sweet treats. Add shopping in some one-of-a-kind boutiques and you’ve got a recipe for family fun by imbibing in Mineral Wells tourism.

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